Recently, Child Care Aware released its 2017 annual report on the high cost of child care and the impacts it has on families across the country. For some families, it costs more to send children to child care facilities while continuing to work than it does for a parent to just stop working and become the primary caregiver. In the Midwest, a typical family with two children will spend more money on child care than on their rent or mortgage! Every child deserves the opportunity to attend a high quality early education program. Higher academic achievement, appropriate social-emotional development, and a family environment with less financial stress are just a few of the benefits of making high quality programs affordable for families. Our country can and should do more for families. We all deserve better.